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adidas Unveil Official 2014 World Cup Ball Named brazuca [PHOTOS]

adidas has officially launched the 2014 FIFA World Cup match ball.

The ball, named brazuca, was named back in September 2012 following a public vote in Brazil involving 1 million football fans; the name “brazuca” is an informal local term which means “Brazilian”, or to describe the Brazilian way of life. The colors and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolize the traditional multi-colored wish bracelets worn in the country (fita do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia), in addition to reflecting the vibrancy and fun associated with soccer in Brazil.

brazuca went through a thorough testing process over a two and a half year period involving more than 600 of the world’s top players and 30 teams in 10 countries across three continents, making it the most tested ball ever by adidas and ensuring that it is suited to all conditions. Clubs involved in testing included AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Palmeiras and Fluminese. Players involved in the process included global football stars Leo Messi, Iker Casillas, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zinedine Zidane. The ball has already been tested in competitive international matches at the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a different print design, and was also used in a friendly match between Sweden and Argentina in February 2013.

Order the adidas brazuca ball today from the World Soccer Talk Shop.

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  1. Ivan

    December 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I don’t know. Still waiting to read any reviews of the new ball.

    It can’t possibly be as horrendous as the Jabulani monstrocity, can it?

    Jabulani and vuvuzelas made sure the last World Cup was border-line unwatachable…

  2. CR7

    December 4, 2013 at 3:14 am

    The ball looks great. Just hope its dynamics are better than the Jabulani.

  3. San Fransiscan

    December 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Ashley Young is like “Dive for me son”.

  4. Yes We Foot

    December 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I love the design.
    I hope it plays better than Jabulani used in South Africa

  5. jtm371

    December 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    ball appears not to be any leagues use a non smooth ball?very interesting wonder what the texture does to the flight?will have to wait and see.

  6. Bishopville Red

    December 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Is it still round?


  7. Dean Stell

    December 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I kinda like the looks of it. I need a new ball anyway, so I’ll probably put this on my Christmas list.

    I had one of the mid-priced replicas of the adidas confederations cup ball and we used the hell out of that ball last year in my rec league. Everyone seemed to like it.

    That being said, I’m sure we’ll hear people complaining about how the ball doesn’t fly straight any moment now.

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